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The Phillies are signing Billy Joel to a 'contract' to commemorate his next Citizens Bank Park concert

Baseball stadiums aren't just for baseball games -- quite often, they also double as gigantic outdoor concert venues for megastars, who entertain tens of thousands of adoring fans with hit after hit. 

Billy Joel knows a thing or two about hits, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has put together a legendary career as the "Piano Man." Joel's busy concert schedule has allowed him to take the field at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia many times over the years. It's basically an annual tradition:

He'll do so once again in 2018 -- for the fifth consecutive year: 

As seen in the clip atop this post, the Phillies are commemorating the occasion by signing Joel to a one-year contract timed to his upcoming concert on July 27. The team made the announcement with a news conference involving the Phanatic, vice president and general manager Matt Klentak and new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.

Five straight years with concerts at the ballpark? Yeah, this is a big deal, so congratulations to Philly Joel -- er, Billy Joel -- on the honor.